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#blogexodus : freedom — braiding three strands

a braid of three strands There are many pos­si­ble modes for under­stand­ing the events retold in the Pesach Hag­gadah. Of these, three are braid­ed togeth­er so that, if we con­cen­trate exclu­sive­ly on any one of them, we dimin­ish the spe­cial … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : slavery — shapes, colors, sounds

shapes, col­ors and sounds of slav­ery make room in your haggadah/seder for the youngest: what words, shapes, col­ors and sounds do you imag­ine when you think of slav­ery? have avail­able col­ored pen­cils, pens, crayons; use a plain white paper table­cloth And … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : cleansing (waters of miriam’s well)

the cleans­ing waters of miriam’s well What fol­lows is the rit­u­al I have used at my seder since the mid 1990s. Before the Seder begins I fill the bot­tom quar­ter of a large pitch­er with slices of orange (and often sprigs of mint) … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : (learning from) the signs

the signs We each need to learn dif­fer­ent things at dif­fer­ent stages of our lives. Pharaoh was unwill­ing to release his labor sup­ply. Pharaoh thought him­self a god. He believed he could do what­ev­er he want­ed to with indi­vid­u­als or entire … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : how do I cleanse my life of chametz?

rab­bi meir shmuel ben tzip­po­rah v’nechemia hale­vi [ר‘משבצונה“ל] teach­es: Judith came in from the fields where it appeared as though the whole com­mu­ni­ty was out har­vest­ing the new grain crop. The rains had ceased and the ground had dried enough … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : getting beyond the straits and narrow

how could so many peo­ple leave at one time? Amaz­ing­ly, in our own day we have already for­got­ten that “Hun­dreds of thou­sands of… refugees streamed home­ward…” [Rwan­dan refugees; James C. McKin­ley Jr. of The New York Times in the Los … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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a cold peace

where is this place מצרים? Is it the Egypt we know? I ask these ques­tions in my Hag­gadah. And I answer: Yes, though only the name of the place is the same, the peo­ple have changed. In fact we are at … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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what would dad think?

poli­ty not piety™ Yes, that’s a “trade­mark” sym­bol there. Why not? I con­tin­ue to tell peo­ple that I came to the rab­binate out of “poli­ty” not “piety”. My involve­ment was as a com­mu­ni­ty orga­niz­er. A quick check on Google indi­cates that I’m near­ly the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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…the real thing?

can you speak for 3 min­utes on any sub­ject? Ear­ly in our stud­ies at rab­binic school, one of our class­es intend­ed to make us bet­ter pub­lic speak­ers. Our instruc­tor was Hol­ly­wood actor Stan­ley Wax­man. He would often assign us the task … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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love humanity, & bring them close 2 #Torah

study­ing pirkei avot dur­ing the omer Dur­ing the peri­od of the Omer I have been study­ing Pirkei Avot. This is a tra­di­tion­al activ­i­ty for the peri­od, but I have been doing it in a non-tra­di­­tion­al man­ner. I take each Mish­nah and break it down into … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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